We will be conducting further walks next year at some point.Please let us know if you would like your name to be added to the waiting list. Each fragment, its clay, the use and type of glaze, opens a window onto the social, technological and trading history of London.
We have found clay pipes aplenty; fragments from Roman domestic pots (no glaze/ greyish clay); medieval pottery with sparse green glaze on the outside; no less than two tile pieces from Tudor heating stoves (lovely green glaze and terracotta clay); the finial from a Tudor money box (green too); fragments of decoration from Bellarmine ware (brownish salt glaze called “orange peel”) and bits of creamy white Victorian dairy crocks.
The money box probably once containing the takings from theatres on the south bank ferried across the river to be banked in the City.
The most frequently found artefact on the archaeological excavation site is the potsherd.
Sherds are broken remnant pieces of items such as bowls, jugs, drinking vessels and most commonly, pots.
Ceramic and pottery are often interchangeable archaeological terms but they do have specific differences.